If the movie Hocus Pocus taught you anything, it’s that Hallowe’en has its fair share of both excitement and hazards. From checking to see if candy is safe to eat, to being accompanied by an adult, distractions run rampant on the night and your child’s safety is of utmost importance.
To ensure that you take all the right precautions to prevent injury and still have a fun night, here is a simple checklist to follow:
If your child is below the age of 10, it’s best to have an adult accompany them in a group of trick-or-treater’s to help them navigate their way safely around the neighbourhood.
No one wants to be hit by a car, especially when you have candy to attend to. Avoid walking on the street, if there are no sidewalks, walk on the left hand side of street facing traffic and look for oncoming traffic
Try not to cut across lawns or take short cuts and cross at well-lit intersections and at official crosswalks.
If and when it gets dark, ensure that yours and your child’s costume has bright colours in non-flammable material and is visible when crossing and in the dark. Some options for greater visibility are accessories like glow sticks, wristbands or tape.
When you’re at people’s houses collecting candy, remove your mask so it’s easy to track which houses in your neighbourhood you have visited. Don’t go into unknown houses or cars. Avoid talking to strangers and accepting candy from people you don’t recognize.
Always check your candy before consumption. If treats seem old or inedible, don’t eat them.
When driving, watch out for children and drive carefully, at a slower speed. A child may come around the corner or may be in your blind spot. Avoid distractions like loud music, your cell phone and stay alert. Learn about ICBC’s Hallowe’en driving tips here.
In addition to taking these safety precautions, Shaw Communications will be available in your area on Pumpkin Patrol this 31st October in the following Kelowna, Metro Vancouver and Sea to Sky communities:
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